John Stevens Berry Sr.

John Stevens Berry Sr.

John Stevens BerryJohn Stevens Berry, Sr. has represented clients in 24 states across the country and in 2 foreign countries. After his military service, he briefly worked at the Henry B. Rothblatt Offices in New York from 1970 - 1971, trying numerous high-profile legal cases.

In 1971, he returned to Lincoln, Nebraska where he continued his regional criminal trial practice. In 1986, he served as Civilian Defense Counsel in what was known as Japan's biggest drug bust in history.

He has conducted numerous seminars for lawyers in Missouri, Kansas City, Lincoln, and Omaha. He has also been invited to the Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, to lecture on important issues in military criminal defense.

Mr. Berry has earned an AV® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in the list of Super Lawyers® for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal defense
  • Drug crimes
  • DUI
  • Murder
  • State and federal felony practice
  • White collar crime
  • Veterans appeals


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois (1965)
  • B.A., Stanford University (1960)

Bar Admissions

  • Nebraska (1965)
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska ( 1965)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (1970)
  • U.S. District Court District of South Dakota (1973)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit (1974)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1975)
  • U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals (1996)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1979)

Published Works

  • Those Gallant Men: On Trial in Vietnam, Presidio Press, 1984

Honors & Awards

  • Those Gallant Men: ON Trial in Vietnam, Military Book Club Award Winner
  • Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Recipient of the Bronze Star, Vietnamese Medal of Honor First Class (Gold)
  • Recipient of the FBI Award for Service in the Public Interest
  • Recipient of the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm)
  • ​Hall of Fame for Eminence in a Chosen Field of Endeavor, New Mexico Military Institute

Previous Employment

  • Military Capt. JAGC, Chief Defense Counsel, II Field Force, Vietnam, 1968 - 1969
  • Military Capt. JAGC, The Presidio, San Francisco, 1969 - 1970
  • Henry B. Rothblatt Offices in New York, 1970 - 1971
  • Franklin Committee of the Nebraska State Legislature, Special Counsel, 1990

Professional Memberships

  • Nebraska State and Federal Bar Associations, Veterans' Law Section
  • Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • American Academy of Forensic Science
  • National Organization of Veterans' Advocates
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, Chairman, Committee on Expert Witnesses and Forensic Sciences, 1985 - 1989
  • Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney Association, President, 1991 - 1992
  • Robert Van Pelt Chapter, Inns of Court, Member, Executive Board of Directors, 1990 - 1993
  • Robert Van Pelt Chapter, Inns of Court, President, 1990 - 1993
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers, Fellow

To reach Mr. Berry, call (402) 817-6550.

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